Map literacy and spatial cognition challenges for student geography teachers in South Africa

Date
2016
Authors
Larangeira, Rhoda
Van der Merwe, Clinton David
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Abstract
South African geography student teachers should master map skills to teach map work effectively in their future classrooms. Spatial cognition, prior learning of map skills and map interpretation at secondary school-level are highlighted as being important in furthering map literacy, which is required by geography student teachers. A mixed-method research framework investigated the causes of map literacy difficulties experienced by first year geography student teachers. Lecturers who train prospective teachers should be aware of the conceptual and/or skills based difficulties associated with poor map literacy amongst their own students in order to address these problems. This paper outlines problems experienced by first year geography student teachers associated with their own acquisition and understanding of map work. Furthermore, it argues that without deeper comprehensive development of their own map work content knowledge, the geography student teachers’ ability to teach map skills effectively will be adversely affected.
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Map literacy – South Africa , Geography student teachers – South Africa , Prior learning of map skills in secondary schools – South Africa
Citation
Map literacy and spatial cognition challenges for student geography teachers in South Africa. Perspectives in Education, 34(2), 120-138.